Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Today in Music History...February 7, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 7th:


2016 Coldplay and football (the American kind) come together when the band headlines the halftime show of Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. It is an odd pairing, but after a set that includes "Viva La Vida" and "Paradise," Bruno Mars appears, followed by halftime show savior Beyoncé, who blasts out her new song, "Formation."

2012 Alicia Keys and Nas join Jay-Z at the second of two charity concerts he holds at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concerts raise $3.5 million for the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

2009 Jazz singer Blossom Dearie dies in her sleep at age 84.

2000 Dave Peverett (original lead vocalist for Foghat, guitarist for Savoy Brown) dies of cancer at age 56.

2000 Rapper Big Pun, real name Christopher Lee Rios, dies at age 28 of a heart attack and respiratory failure.

1997 Sarah McLachlan marries her drummer, Ashwin Sood, in Negril, Jamaica.

1994 Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski dies of cancer at age 81.

1989 The Georgia State Representative Billy Randall introduces a bill to make Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" the official state rock song. It doesn't pass.

1981 ABC begins airing the first installment of the mini-series Elvis and Me, based on ex-wife Priscilla Presley's book of the same name.

1980 Twelve days before his death, Bon Scott goes to the UFO concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1976 Elvis Presley records "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain."

1976 Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover" begins its three-week run at #1.

1976 Bob Dylan's album Desire hits #1.

1974 Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" and his album Stone Gon' are certified gold.

1974 The Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Love's Theme" and their album Under the Influence of Love Unlimited are certified gold.

1970 Johnny Cash's album Hello, I'm Johnny Cash is certified gold.

1970 Shocking Blue's "Venus" hits #1.

1969 Tom Jones' UK variety show This Is Tom Jones premieres on ABC after the network pays out over $20 million for the rights.

1967 The Bee Gees return to England, the land of their birth, after nine years living in Australia.

1967 The Monkees announce during an appearance on the British TV show Top of the Pops that they will play on their own records from now on instead of using session players.

1966 The first magazine dedicated specifically to rock and roll music, Crawdaddy!, is published by Paul Williams in New York City.

1966 The Beach Boys' album Summer Days is certified gold.

1963 Weeks before her tragic death in a plane crash, Patsy Cline wraps up her final recording sessions, including a contemporary rendition of the 1925 pop ballad "Always" and a cover of country song "Sweet Dreams."

1963 The Beatles release "Please Please Me"/"Ask Me Why."

1962 David Bryan (keyboardist for Bon Jovi) is born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

1961 The Jive Five record "My True Story."

1960 Steve Bronski (keyboardist, percussionist for Bronski Beat) is born in England.

1959 Brian Travers (saxophonist for UB40) is born in Birmingham, England.

1959 New Orleans blues guitarist Eddie Jones, known as Guitar Slim, struggling with alcoholism, dies of pneumonia at age 32.

1959 Ritchie Valens is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

1955 Saxophone player Jimmy Z is born Jimmy Zavala in North Highlands, California.

1949 Alan Lancaster (bassist, vocalist for Status Quo) is born in Peckham, London, England.

1948 Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboardist for Three Dog Night) is born in Los Angeles, California. His mother is silent movie actress Mary O'Brian.

1946 Sammy Johns, who has a hit in 1975 with "Chevy Van," is born in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1934 Saxophonist King Curtis is born Curtis Montgomery in Fort Worth, Texas. He plays the distinctive solo on The Coasters' hit "Yakety Yak."

1934 Earl King is born Earl Silas Johnson IV in New Orleans, Louisiana. Composer of the blues standard "Come On" (aka "Let The Good Times Roll"), among others.

1920 Folk singer-songwriter Oscar Brand is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, but is raised in Brooklyn, New York.

1887 Composer Eubie Blake is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

Beatlemania Comes To America

1964Thanks to media coverage and a publicity campaign by Capitol Records, thousands of screaming fans greet The Beatles when their plane lands in New York at 1:20 p.m. The scenes become iconic images of Beatlemania.

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1985 Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City.

1980 AC/DC appear on Top of the Pops, where they perform "A Touch Too Much." It would be lead singer Bon Scott's last appearance with the band.

1979 Stephen Stills records the first major-label album using all-digital equipment, but it's never released, which means that Ry Cooder's Bop Till You Drop will get the honor.

1962 Garth Brooks is born Troyal Garth Brooks in Luba, Oklahoma; he's raised in Yukon, Oklahoma.

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